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Discover Japan 13 Days

Fully Escorted Tour

JTB Australia Tour
JTB Australia Tour
JTB Australia Tour

This fully escorted tour takes you to major sightseeing spots in Japan. Travel by coach, local trains and the world famous bullet trains. Discover an amazing variety of places from the modern cities of Tokyo and Osaka to the peaceful countryside of Takayama. Explore Japanese tradition and culture in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, with its thousands of shrines and temples. Visit historic Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome and feed the deer on Miyajima Island. This tour will operate with an experienced JTB escort and local guides where applicable who will assist with the entire trip, from sightseeing to shopping and dining.

  1. Day
  2. 1
Tokyo

Meals: N/A
Accommodation: Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa or Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo 

Upon arrival at Narita/Haneda Airport, clear customs and immigration before boarding the Airport Limousine Bus to your accommodation in Tokyo for 2 nights. Transfer services can be provided from either Narita or Haneda Airports in Tokyo. Additionally JTB can arrange early check in or prior accommodation and any other arrangements before the tour begins. 

Flight to Sydney Australia

  1. Day
  2. 2
Tokyo

Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa or Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo 

After breakfast your Japan journey begins with a full day sightseeing tour of Tokyo. Visit some of the major sights including the Tokyo Sky Tree with 360 panoramic views of the city, Tsukiji Outer Fish Markets, and Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo’s most famous Buddhist Temple. Drive by some famous shopping districts such as Ginza and Akihabara. The day will conclude early evening where you will have the rest of the evening free to explore the nightlife of Tokyo.  

akihabara

  1. Day
  2. 3
Tokyo – Hakone 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Luggage: Transfer from Tokyo to Takayama. Carry an overnight bag. 
Accommodation: Hakone Parks Yoshino or Yoshiike Ryokan, Hakone (Japanese style room)

Today embark on a full day sightseeing tour of the Hakone and Lake Ashi area. Visit Mt Fuji, Japan’s national icon. Drive up to the Mt Fuji 5th station of the mountain and its viewing spots. Enjoy a cruise on lake Ashi, then ropeway up Mt. Komagatake, stopping at Owakudani Valley for a spectacular panoramic view of Mt. Fuji and the surrounding area. After sightseeing, arrive at your Hakone Ryokan (Japanese style accommodation) and enjoy a delicious welcome dinner with your tour escort and group. 

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  1. Day
  2. 4
Hakone – Takayama 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hida Hotel Plaza or Takayama Green Hotel

Breakfast at your own leisure then depart for Takayama via Nagoya on the Shinkansen bullet train. You will have the afternoon and evening free to explore this beautiful little town. For dinner you might like to try the famous “Hida-gyu” beef, a speciality dish in Takayama. After dinner relax and unwind in the Japanese Onsen (Hot Springs) at your accommodation.

Takayama-Villiage@2x

  1. Day
  2. 5
Takayama 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hida Hotel Plaza or Takayama Green Hotel

Today visit some famous sights in Takayama including the Hida Folk Village, an open air museum exhibiting over 30 traditional houses from the region, Matsuri-no-mori and San-machi, a traditional Japanese village area and Takayama Jinya. Explore this historic area of Takayama’s old town. A small 3 lane area is filled with old wooden buildings consisting of sake breweries, small boutiques and some larger merchant houses which are now museums.  

Rural_village

  1. Day
  2. 6
Takayama – Gokayama – Kanazawa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Luggage: Takayama to Osaka. Carry an overnight bag. 
Accommodation: Hotel Nikko Kanazawa 

Today you will have the morning free to explore more of the beautiful little town of Takayama. We recommend visiting the early morning Takayama markets, where local fresh produce and souvenirs stalls are set up. In the afternoon, travel by bus visiting Gokayama, a World Heritage listed area and experience Japanese paper making. 

Shirakawa-go Gassho-zukuri

  1. Day
  2. 7
Kanazawa – Osaka

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Granvia Osaka Hotel 

This morning join a Kanazawa city tour visiting, Higashi Chayagai, Kenroku-en Garden – one of Japan’s 3 most beautiful gardens. Also visit Nagamachi Buke Yashiki, and Omicho Market. In the afternoon travel to Osaka city by the JR limited express train. 

Nomura-Family-Samurai-residence-Nagamachi

  1. Day
  2. 8
Osaka – Hiroshima

Meals: Breakfast
Luggage: Osaka to Kyoto. Carry an overnight back for 2 nights. 
Accommodation: Granvia Hiroshima or ANA Crowne Plaza or Rihga Royal, Hiroshima

Breakfast at your own leisure. Morning city tour of Osaka visiting, Osaka Castle, Floating Garden Observatory and the Namba area. In the afternoon, travel to Hiroshima by Shinkansen bullet train. Accommodation in Hiroshima for 2 nights. 

Dotombori in Osaka

  1. Day
  2. 9
Hiroshima

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Granvia Hiroshima or ANA Crowne Plaza or Rihga Royal, Hiroshima

Breakfast at your own leisure. Today, visit some of the major sights of Hiroshima, including Miyajima Island, Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, a World Heritage listed site and the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome. Evening free to dine out. 

Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima near Hiroshima

  1. Day
  2. 10
Hiroshima – Himeji – Kyoto

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: New Miyako Hotel, Kyoto

Breakfast at your own leisure. In the morning depart for Kyoto by Shinkansen Bullet Train. Take a detour to Himeji on the way, visiting Himeji castle, a World Heritage listed site and Koko-en Garden. Then continue onto Kyoto city and check into your accommodation where you will be staying for 3 nights. 

<Optional Tour: Kyoto Night Tour> 

Sakura-Shrine-Kyoto

  1. Day
  2. 11
Kyoto

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: New Miyako Hotel, Kyoto

Breakfast at your own leisure. Today enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Kyoto city visiting some of the most famous sites including the Golden Pavilion, Shimogamo-jinja, Sanjusangendo amd Kodai-ji. A tea ceremony experience and lunch is also included today.

<Optional Tour: Kyoto Maiko Dinner Tour> 

Red-autumn-leaves-and-sakura-Japan

  1. Day
  2. 12
Kyoto

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: New Miyako Hotel, Kyoto

Today is a free day to explore more of Kyoto city or do some last minute shopping. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant with your tour escort and group. 

  1. Day
  2. 13
Kyoto

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: N/A

Your journey finishes today after breakfast. Included in this tour is an airport transfer service back to Kansai International Airport or Itami Domestic Airport. We can also arrange late check out, post tour accommodation and any other arrangements if you wish to extend your stay in Japan after the tour concludes.  

Tour Inclusions: *12 nights accommodation with daily breakfast
*4 lunches (Day 2, 3, 6, 11) , 2 dinners (Day 3, 12)  
*Train Standard Class fares
*Suica Card
*Arrival transfer from Narita or Haneda Airport to your hotel
*Departure transfer to Kansai or Itami airport after tour concludes
*Tokyo 1 day tour
*Fuji & Hakone 1 day tour
*Takayama half day tour  
*Kanazawa half day city tour
*Osaka half day tour
*Hiroshima 1 day tour
*Himeji half day tour
*Kyoto 1 day tour
*Tea ceremony
*3 luggage transfer services (Tokyo – Takayama – Osaka – Kyoto)
Optional Tours: Day 10: Kyoto Night Tour
$157 per Adult – Enjoy watching Japanese traditional performances – maiko dance, Kyogen, Bunraku, Puppet Theatre. Dinner is included.
OR
Day 11: Kyoto Maiko Dinner
$179 per Adult  – Enjoy the exotic dances of a maiko girl, playing traditional games and a enjoy a delicious Japanese dinner.
Guide Service: This tour will operate with an experienced JTB escort and local guides where applicable who will assist with the entire trip, from sightseeing to shopping and dining.  
Group Size: Minimum 10 / Maximum 21 people
Baggage: Luggage transfers as per tour itinerary are recommended by JTB as there is limited space on local transport. The Japan hotel luggage transfer service is very reliable; your large luggage will be safe when you send it on to the next city.    
Pre Tour Accommodation: JTB can arrange pre accommodation for the tour. Please request at time of booking. 
Tour Departure: 
2017: Grand Prince Takanawa (Superior Room) Tokyo 
2018: TBA
Post Tour Accommodation: JTB can arrange post accommodation for the tour. Please request at time of booking. 
Tour Departure: 
2017: New Miyako Hotel Kyoto (Premium Floor)
2018: TBA
Remarks:   *A fair amount of walking is involved on this tour.
*Hotels are subject to change of the same category
*Daily schedule is subject to change due to weather, transport or any other unforeseen circumstances. 
*Minimum 10 persons for the tour to operate, maximum 21. *Child reduction prices are also available, please contact JTB.
*Double rooms can be requested upon booking. Request base only.
*Non smoking rooms may not be available at some properties, in which case the rooms will be deodorised. 
*Please note that some of the properties/restaurants on this tour may not be able to cater for special dietary requirements. 
*JTB does not discriminate against persons with disabilities. However, the locations visited during a JTB Fully Escorted Tour may involve a considerable amount of walking and climbing stairs. JTB recommends that travellers with disabilities be accompanied by their own assistant, capable of providing all necessary assistance. JTB Fully Escorted Tours do not include special assistance to participants with disabilities. JTB reserves the right to refuse participation in Fully Escorted Tours if it considers that such participation is reasonably likely to impose an unjustifiable hardship on JTB or its personnel. Alternatively, JTB would be pleased to organise Independent Tours for travellers with special needs.

 

AVAILABLE: Bookings are open. Minimum 10 passengers for the tour to operate. 

AVAILABLE GUARANTEED TO DEPART: There is a minimum of 10 people booked. The tour will be operating.

FULLY BOOKED: Maximum capacity reached. 

TOUR DATES

TOUR STATUS

SINGLE

TWIN (PP PRICE)

TRIPLE (PP PRICE)

03/09/2017

AVAILABLE

$7,735

$6,360

$6,000

17/09/2017

AVAILABLE

$7,890

$6,445

$6,105

01/10/2017

AVAILABLE

$8,290

$6,860

$6,520

15/10/2017

AVAILABLE

$8,180

$6,600

$6,260

29/10/2017

AVAILABLE

$8,310

$6,660

$6,260

12/11/2017

AVAILABLE

$8,420

$6,790

$6,380

26/11/2017

AVAILABLE

$8,340

$6,640

$6,310

The best Japan has to offer!

All the best Japan has to offer in 13 days!! Best tour guide ever (thanks mate). 

An excellent tour

An excellent tour introducing us to Japan and the beautiful Japanese people. This tour highlighted areas to be revisited and left a desire to see more - thanks to our guide/escort! 

A fantastic introduction to Japan

This tour was a fantastic introduction to Japan - the culture, gardens, food and clock work efficiency of the country can be appreciated with the help of your wonderful tour guides. 

Very professional and personable tour

Very professional and personable tour guides and excellent transport arrangements. Hotels well positioned in each city and very high quality choice of meals. 

An excellent well-balanced tour

I found the Discover Japan tour to be an excellent well-balanced tour ranging from magnificent sight-seeing to cultural experiences such as the Ryokan stay and Japanese food, gardens and religions. I particularly appreciated that many of the hotels were conveniently located near railway stations so that we were able to walk to our accommodation. 

Thank you for thinking of us

This tour was excellent. The flights were good and the seats you arranged were fine. We were very happy with the way the tour was organised in every respect. We were met at the airport by our guide and taken to our hotel, and everything was well organised and flowed beautifully. Great hotels, good food, sightseeing was well organised and we very much enjoyed the trains.Thank you for looking after us and we have been recommending you and the tour to anyone who will listen. Hope to deal with you again in the future.